When it comes to the world of Instagram, no one Australian Rugby player is like another. Almost all current Australian-based players operate either public or private Instagram accounts, and they all feature a mix of funny and serious, of friends and family, and of Rugby and their life away from the game.
RUPA has gone through all fully contracted Rugby players in Australia, across the five Super Rugby teams and the Australian Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens squads, and selected a matchday 23 of the players we think the general public should be following on Instagram.
The Brumbes and Wallabies prop is very active on Instagram, and has certainly embraced the Instagram story function! If you follow his account, you will be treated to a lot of behind the scenes action in Canberra, some great throwbacks to when he was a kid and lots of family action as well!
The only remaining foundation Rebels player, Laurie Weeks is a genuine competitor for the title of Australia's funniest Rugby player. His knock-off of The Wolf of Wall Street, when he announced he had re-signed with the Rebels, was straight out of the top drawer, as is his growing 'loud and bright' shirt collection. A must-follow.
Truly unique in the Aussie sport social media landscape on the basis of being operated as the twins' shared account, Saia and Anthony Fainga'a show us how happy they are to be home in Canberra with plenty of snaps of the Brumbies and their Canberra-based family, including their children!
Wallaby and Reds star Kane Douglas is a master of all trades on Instagram, sharing snaps of his family, his teammates and even his modeling career... Yep, you heard that right! Who said modelling is for backs only?
Not only has 'LT' stepped up his game on the field in the last twelve months, breaking into the Wallabies side and impressing in the Gold, but he has also stepped up his Instagram game. He loves to show off both his fiancee and his Tongan heritage, but the absolute highlight has to be a photo of him with the world's 5th tallest man - it makes Lopeti, one of Australia's biggest blokes, look like a scrumhalf!
One of three brothers currently playing Rugby professional and with a fourth (Isaac) seemingly on his way, scrumhalf Lucas has a great Instagram account which showcases (among other things) his love of the ocean, a camp fire and a big hat! He must be a bit of a softie too; there's plenty of selfies with his partner, Australian Women's Rugby Sevens star Alicia Quirk.
With a whopping 356,000 followers, Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper has a cracking account featuring family, rugby, travel, his dogs and even his latest hobby... golf! Although this is purely an Instagram 23, special mention must also go to Quade's Twitter account, where he regularly interacts with fans and has been known to orgaise local touch Rugby teams to have a run with and Xbox battles with those willing to take him on at FIFA.
It wouldn't be an Instagram 23 wihout Ellia 'The Green Machine' Green, superstar Gold Medal winner Green looks equally at home taking the ball into contact as she does frocked up for a day at the races or a night out with mates. A Barnados ambassador, Ellia is the life of the party and doesn't mind having a laugh at her own expense.
So there we have it; the 2017 RUPA Instagram 23. Now to see who steps up in their bid to crack the squad in 2018...